I saw a column shift 5-speed years ago that a customer of mine built. He’s a master machinist and spent countless hours on the project.
Wish I had pics but it was well over ten years ago and I haven’t seen the vehicle or it’s owner since.
Georg @ Valley Hybrids @ Cruiser Brothers
Happy to chime in ….
You probably don’t want to hear this, but running the factory 3-speed behind an OM617 is a terrible idea. Possibly the wiry engine-transmission choice you could make.
The 618 has precious little low end torque and it will be a struggle to take off from a standing start...